It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!
It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!
Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.
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Last Week’s Posts
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Last Week’s Journeys
Kellee: My parents are visiting!!! This is a huge plus except when it comes to reading. Just like vacation, family visiting equals reading being pushed to the side. However, I was able to finish a novel and a graphic novel as well as a picture book. Cold War on Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren is a great historical fiction novel that is more than just a history lesson. I look forward to reviewing it on Tuesday. I also finished George O’Connor’s newest “Olympians” book, Apollo: The Brilliant One. It is set up a bit differently than the others in the series, but I think it worked for Apollo’s stories. This book doesn’t publish until January, so I don’t want to give too much away. I also read Tim Federle’s new picture book Tommy Can’t Stop! If you remember, I loved Federle’s Nate books, so when I saw this at the book store, I knew I needed to sit down and read it right then. Boy, am I glad I did. What a fun book about finding the right creative outlet for kids (and the need for creative outlets for all).
Ricki: This week, I read a variety of books. I finished a PD text called Researching Lived Experience by Max Van Manen. It was theoretical, but I found it to be interesting. I learned about Jean-Jacques Rousseau, an 18th century philosopher–considered to be one of the first philosophers who looked at and truly considered the child. His book was transformative in education and parenting. It, for example, inspired women to stop using wet nurses and to nurse themselves. Yet, ironically and sadly, he put all five of his children in orphanages (and all died of ill treatment in the orphanages). I am still pondering this, days after I closed the book.
I also read and enjoyed Cold War on Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren. I love historical fiction, and this is one of the few books I’ve read about the Cuban Missile Crisis, so I found it to be very compelling. Henry and I enjoyed the picture book, Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter. I love books about artists, so I enjoyed this one.
This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee: I have already started The Rise of Aurora West by Paul Pope, and I plan on reading the sequel after. So far I am really liking the premise. Then I’m going to continue my graphic novel reading with The Nameless City by Erin Faith Hicks. After that, I plan on reading one of the books by the authors on my NCTE humor panel: Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim Baker, Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz, or The Tiara on the Terrace by Kristen Kittscher. I also want to tackle some more of my #mustreadin2015. However, the summer is getting so short!!! I hope I can squeeze in some great reading during this last couple of weeks.
Ricki: Next week, I just might keep my promise and finish Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. I’m struggling. I also plan to read Children Growing Up with War by Jenny Matthews.
Upcoming Week’s Posts
Wednesday: Windsnap Wednesday! Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Author Interview: Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
Thursday and Friday: 25 Girls Who Stand Out (in Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature)
Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “How Settings Help Shape Characters’ Character” by Anne Boles Levy, Author of The Temple of Doubt
So, what are you reading?
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